Black Friday is the goldmine of all shopping days. Shoppers are lured with special deals, unusual hours, and the promise of getting a good headstart on holiday purchases. But if you want to do Black Friday right, you can’t go in all willy nilly. For the best possible outcome, and the least stress, you should prepare for Black Friday shopping ahead of time.
One piece of advice is to follow after Santa and make a list that you will check twice, and probably even thrice. Look at deals online and in papers ahead of time, and write down everything you hope to buy. Also make note of who it is for, what it will cost, and what location is selling it at the best bargain. Then, plan and prioritize. It’s impossible to be two places at once, and since many items are of a limited quantity or only sold during a specific window, you’ll need to plan carefully.
While you’re in the process of comparing prices and sales, be sure to research any major product you’re considering. Sometimes, stores sell products specifically designed to bring in Black Friday shoppers, but these are often low-quality or not worth the effort. Make sure you’re confident in the quality of each product. Also, check on each store’s return policy ahead of time, and don’t forget the gift receipts!